Episode 3215

Volunteer Gardener

April 11, 2024

Season 32 | Episode 15

The arts and crafts style movement focused on combining nature with architecture. Troy Marden tours a grand residential garden designed by the famed Southern designer Ryan Gainey. Marty DeHart showcases varieties of illicium, one of the few evergreen shrubs native to the Southeastern US. Matt Kerske tours a home garden that is planted to support hummingbirds and other wildlife.

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Hummingbird Attractor and Support Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hummingbird Attractor and Support Garden

Keeping something in bloom when hummingbirds are expected is a key to attracting them to your yard. Matt Kerske visits with a gardener who plans and plants his garden beds to support these nectar-seeking birds.

Illicium on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Illicium are one of the few evergreen shrubs that are native to the Southeastern U.S. Referred to as 'anise', this plant species is particularly resistant to deer. They are also drought tolerant once established. Marty DeHart showcases 3 of her favorites.

Grand Garden in Arts and Crafts Style on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Grand Garden in Arts and Crafts Style

Troy Marden tours a garden designed by the acclaimed American designer Ryan Gainey in the early 2000's. Taking inspiration from the Formal Garden at Hestercombe and Hidcote Manor Gardens in the Costwolds, and Dunbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington D.C., this landscape design features garden rooms and structures that mimic the style of the house.